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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

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Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

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Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Taming the Wilderness

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Garlic recipes

This pungent yet essential little bulb sets the foundation for countless dishes across the globe. Slowly roast it alongside spatchcock or whole snapper, or grind it down to thick paste for a rich alioli. When it comes to garlic, the possibilities truly are endless.

Akachochin
Japanese
  • 33 South Wharf Promenade,
    South Wharf,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9245 9900,
    akachochin.com.au
  • Daily noon-9.30pm (limited menu 3pm-6pm)

Akachochin
-37.824285,144.950497

Unlike the tumbleweed territory of Docklands, there's a sunny atmosphere at the CBD-fringe precinct of South Wharf that draws the crowds. They come for the likes of Akachochin, which achieves attractiveness outside (with its waterside aspect), inside (its long marble bar) and on the plate. Ex-Nobu chef Kengo Hiromatsu's inventive, beautifully plated dishes are exemplified by hand-diced kingfish tartare accented with wasabi, miso and sesame oil and accompanied by diaphanous rice-cracker sheets. Wagyu tataki is similarly lively, its marbling sharpened with a citrus-chilli-miso sauce and deep-fried slivers of leek. Saltwater barramundi steamed in chilli ponzu with shimeji mushrooms is more wintry, contrasted with colourful hits of chilli and purple radish leaves. Dessert choices are more limited, but black sesame panna cotta with green tea ice-cream blends voluptuousness and tartness. Service and the drinks list are authentically Japanese.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $8-$19

    M $15-$35

    D $14

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Kengo Hiromatsu

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